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Old 04-30-2019, 09:21 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello all,

I haven't been on here in a while, I hope you and your pups are all well. My pup, Sage, however is not. He just turned 7 years old and we are paranoid about every little health issue since we lost our first boxer at 5 years old.

So the story is that Thursday he started acting funny about eating, but ate all his food with some coaxing. Friday he refused to eat and was starting to get lethargic and by the evening was extremely lethargic. Saturday we decided to take him to the emergency vet because he still wasn't eating and was lethargic.

He was a little excited to go for a car ride which made us a little happy. We got him to the vet and they ran a blood test, xrays, and an ultrasound. They couldn't find anything definitive except that he was running a 104 fever and they found what they thought were his lymph nodes swelling around his groin. The vet gave him an antibiotic shot and an anti-inflammatory shot and a bottle of more antibiotics to give him over the next 10 days. So we take him home and he seems a little more pepped up but not much. That night he started having tremors that lasted about 30 min, but that was the only time that's happened. He still wouldn't eat on Sunday except for a little bit of boiled chicken, so we decided to take him to our regular vet Monday.

Monday we had to drop him off at the vet and go to work because they didn't have any appointments available. The vet techs got him to eat half a can of food before the vet could see him, but it took a lot of coaxing and praise. My vet did some of the same tests and discussed it with the vet that looked at him on Saturday and also had the other vet at the practice take a look at our boy and they all came to the same conclusion. They can't find any obvious illness. One good thing is the fever is gone. We took him home last night and got him to eat another half a can. This morning however he didn't want to eat again....

I am just worried sick about my boy. I was just wondering if any of you have had something like this or know someone who did and what in the world it was.
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Did they test for tick borne disease? Sometimes if a titer is a little elevated, and then more elevated when tested a few weeks later that can indicate exposure.


Boxers can also get SRMA. Mine was off, and had a fever when he was 8 months. It went away, but came back again a few weeks later. The vet tested him for Addison's for some reason, but it wasn't that. His fever reached 104 again, and he walked hunched over and wouldn't eat. We took him to a 24-ER clinic where there was a neurologist and SRMA was diagnosed with a spinal tap. He was stoic about the neck pain so the regular vet missed it. He was so painful lowering his head to eat and drink was too difficult.
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Did they test for tick borne disease? Sometimes if a titer is a little elevated, and then more elevated when tested a few weeks later that can indicate exposure.


Boxers can also get SRMA. Mine was off, and had a fever when he was 8 months. It went away, but came back again a few weeks later. The vet tested him for Addison's for some reason, but it wasn't that. His fever reached 104 again, and he walked hunched over and wouldn't eat. We took him to a 24-ER clinic where there was a neurologist and SRMA was diagnosed with a spinal tap. He was stoic about the neck pain so the regular vet missed it. He was so painful lowering his head to eat and drink was too difficult.
They did test for lyme disease. I don't think it is SRMA, he doesn't seem to have pain in the neck. The only thing that I really notice that might be painful is when he urinates and defecates because of the pressure of what we think is the lymph nodes being swollen in that area. He's drinking fine just not eating well. He acts like he wants to eat and then he smells it and just doesn't care for the smell. My husband got him to eat a little this morning by putting left over tiny tiny bits of conecuh sausage in his food (I wasn't too happy about the sausage because I know it's greasy but he said it was really tiny just for the smell to get him to eat).
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Old 04-30-2019, 06:51 PM   #4 (permalink)
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We discovered this on Bailey last night. It’s probably the size of half a pencil eraser. Of course, I’m worried it is MCT. I plan on taking her to the vet within the week. Can anyone tell me if this is what it looks like? I’d rather be prepared. She’s not even 2. 😞
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Some dogs live a long time with mct’s. Ginger is 9 1/2 we’ve been getting them cut off her since she was 1 1/2
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I couldn't get Sage to eat last night or this morning, so he is back at the vet. It isn't looking good. She said that she was going to do another ultrasound to see if she could find a tumor or something around his bowls/bladder since he seems to be having problems with urination and defecation. If she still can't find anything then we are going to take him to a specialist with an MRI. He has spurts when he acts almost normal such as this morning when he was outside to go potty, the neighbors were making racket in the yard and he ran and barked at them like he usually does. Then he tried to pee a few times and walked slowly back to the house with drool dripping from his mouth. He came back inside and was pacing until he finally laid down.
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So sorry to hear this is happening. Hopefully you find out what's happening soon. Sending lots of positive thoughts your way!
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Hi Mom2Lilly&Sage,
I read your story and I can't help but think maybe your baby should be checked for a tumor. My boxer acted strangely and didn't want to eat off and on and would be very very low key and turn away from us and we could tell she was not happy. I believe she had a tumor in her brain that had grown and put pressure on the nerves. She didn't show outward symptoms early on other than the not wanting to eat and not being playful and turning away and facing away from us. Eventually her issues surfaced more clearly when she began to tilt her head and then had difficulty walking (imbalanced in her gate). I took her to a Neurologist and they have many tests they do to assess neurological issues. They found that she most likely had cancer within the brain and the tumor as it grew put pressure in the nerves that control motor skills. It was so hard to let go but honestly I wish I done an MRI sooner and maybe we could've seen what was going on in her head. She didn't suffer as all this went down fairly quickly but I just wanted to share that about 6 months before her final diagnosis she was not herself (didn't want food and went and sat in places of the house away from us) these were her signs and ways of telling us something was up. It's hard for them as you know as they can't speak and tell us......I wish you the best in your situation...hope things improve!
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The period where she didn't want to eat only lasted a few days then it went away and she just didn't seem to be super excited in the following months but she would if COAXED play and go on walks. Then as I said it was about 6 months after the NOT EATING incident that she began to show the head tilt, difficultly walking because the paws would slide out from under her and she had a few seizures in the last couple of nights before I had to put her down.
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Sorry you are going through this, if I had to take a guess I think it might also be lower GI.

Zuke would get bouts of IBS once in a blue moon and some of the same exact symptoms you are describing is what he would do. I don't think thats what your pup has, but it sounds GI related

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